This post wedding shoot confirmed for us what we already suspected. John is crazy...but in the best possible way. He dreams big, and with the boundless enthusiasm of a child, he makes his dreams a reality. Think I'm kidding? Check out the photos below.
In the short time we've spent with them, I can tell Shelley and John have a great relationship- full of mutual respect, patience, and a good sense of humor between them both. They also share an appreciation of vintage-yet-modern style and a love of spontaneity (have you seen their wedding pics?) They ended up with a very unique dress that celebrated these facts. (I say they, because Shelley and John planned every aspect of their wedding together.) Shelly's wedding gown by Jorge Manuel featured a detachable bottom. Shelly and John decided to make a big splash at their reception and had the gown altered so that the bottom would come undone with the pull of a ribbon during their first dance. The surprise went off beautifully as planned, however, it didn't allow us to include this feature of the dress in the wedding portraits earlier that day. Hence, the post wedding session.
We chose the Wyoming Valley Airport in Forty Fort (near Wilkes Barre, PA) for the location. John imagined rolling up to Shelley and having her cut away the bottom of her gown so that she could more easily run away with him. He put a lot of planning into making this idea a reality. He tracked down a vintage car to match the colors of the bi-plane. He got Shelley another bouquet from the florist. He even got another mini-cake to surprise her with later that evening. There were numerous other details he thought of that blew us away: he brought a ladder for high vantage point shots, vintage scissors, a second bow tie so he could make a quick change, and so on. He helped plan this shoot with the efficiency and skill of a producer. I think it is safe to say that John was committed to getting some truly fabulous photos of him and his bride.
We all had a blast. This entry features the runway fantasy. I'll post another entry on the second half of the shoot where Shelley took it off (the lower half of her dress that is) and we explored the rest of the airport.
Stay tuned and enjoy!
wedding at the Pennsylvania Playhouse
portraits in downtown Bethlehem, on Monocacy Creek, the Depot and Bethlehem Steel
reception at the Banana Factory
Bethlehem, PA wedding photography
How fitting that Kelly and Seth should get married on stage. That is where the couple met. We joined them a couple weeks ago for their one night only performance of "Holy Matrimony," an original play written by Kelly and Seth and produced and carried out with the help of their many talented friends and family. The play itself was short and very cute, a sort of there's-gotta-be-someone-for-everyone single act play. The bridal party, most of whom were not actors, did their parts well and set the scene beautifully for the ceremony that followed. Through the ceremony and the rest of the day, Kelly and Seth found many original ways to celebrate their marriage and share a bit of themselves with their near and dear.
Highlights detailed in the photos below: Seth and his groomsmen all love to play video games. His gift to each of them were cufflinks each fashioned after a different Nintendo game cartridge. Kelly gave her girls fabulous silky robes to don backstage in the dressing room. The bride's gown by Cymbeline was stunning. See if you can catch a glimpse of her sweet red sandals in the photos below. We hit up several iconic Bethlehem locations for the portrait session, including historic Main St. Bethlehem, the ruins at Monocacy Creek, the Depot and Bethlehem Steel. Once we got to the wedding reception at the Banana Factory, the party was hopping. This group really knew how to have fun! Thanks Kelly and Seth for letting us tag along!
Other credits: Flowers by Michael Thomas. Catering by Sagra. Hair by Eskandalo.